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A current day BB button down is not necessarily the nec plus ultra of OCBDs.

The OCBD is not meant to be slim slim fit but BBs are like a tent with good material and collar roll.

The obsessives now look to Mercers Shirts online - but even then the cognoscenti go for right size in collar and down one size or so in the rest of the shirt - complicated - and these are people who like a slightly "generous" fit. Mercers are reputed to be good but neither cheap nor fast.

I've got some old used "vintage" BB and LL BEAN oxfords and they are great for material and collar roll but would sleep a family of 4.

There is a consensus amongst those who study these things that the LE Hyde Park "Tailored fit"must iron is the best all round for collar roll and price and fit. There is a nasty rumor around that in the last couple of months the collar peak has shortened by .5" - yet to be confirmed. If true it will be a scandal and big blow.
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Originally Posted by Robert Meredith View Post


Yeah, I picked up 3 of the LE Hyde Park buttondowns, but even in the tailored fit they're much too big around the waist for me.  I was really disappointed after reading all the good reviews and recommendations.  I've got one in at the moment getting darts put in, but I'm sceptical as to whether it can come in far enough.  If it's no good I'll probably return the others (or sell it on here if anyone would be interested).  They do seem to be quite good quality, although they're a bit heavier than I was expecting.

Brooks Brothers have a special on at the moment, so I picked up 2 of their extra-slim fit buttondowns in a large, after the $50 postage cost me $130ish.

On shirt alterations; As long as you're not tring to touch the shoulders / armholes / neck you can bring it in as far as you want. Note that taking it in too far via just a dart will cause balance problems.
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You can give one of our OCBD's a go if we still have your size. We have a new shipment due in 2 weeks. Made in the USA and single needle construction by the New England Shirt company who make the shirts for Sid Mashburn, Run of the Mill Shop, J Press t. Fit is slim but not too slim.

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I have looked longingly at your shirts, but they're a little out of my price range at the moment.  If I have to flog/return all of these LE Hyde Park OCBD's, and if the BB extra-slim are no good, I'll probably fork out for one.

 

My chest is around 44", and my waist is around 34-35", so there's a pretty big drop, which is why even a lot of 'tailored' fits are either way too tight in the collar/chest, or way too big in the waist (or often both!).  I also have quite long arms, which can often be a problem in a lot of OTR shirts.  Ah, first world problems eh?

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Im a woodies fan in union boys

Where you staying TBM? suburb wise
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Can vouch for Rob's button downs, my favourite clothing item at the moment.

 

Only drawback is my stupid friends asking me why my shirt is tucked in.

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Where you staying TBM? suburb wise

CBD
post #19958 of 48597
I don't like darts on men's shirts. They look too feminine.
post #19959 of 48597
MJ Bale opens in Melbourne from tomorrow. Was there earlier just trying on a few wares while they were setting everything up.

I am going to buy about 4 jackets, if anyone else gets them first, I cause you grievous bodily harm.
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MJ Bale opens in Melbourne from tomorrow. Was there earlier just trying on a few wares while they were setting everything up.
I am going to buy about 4 jackets, if anyone else gets them first, I cause you grievous bodily harm.

Don't f#ck with the fashionistas!

What's the store and inventory like B-man?
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

MJ Bale opens in Melbourne from tomorrow. Was there earlier just trying on a few wares while they were setting everything up.
I am going to buy about 4 jackets, if anyone else gets them first, I cause you grievous bodily harm.

meh - there are stacks of MJB's in sydney ... lol

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CBD

Haven't eaten in the CBD for years. Foods better in Newtown or Paddington or Darlinghurst or Potts Point. Wait there is a Fratelli Fresh in Bridge St thats good. Any one eaten at Mr Wong?

That green Gingham shirt on your blog looks way cool, got me thinking it would be perfect for summer with a pair of British Khaki chinos. (pleated of course) Where did you pick it from?
post #19963 of 48597
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Originally Posted by DartagnanRed View Post

Can vouch for Rob's button downs, my favourite clothing item at the moment.

 

Only drawback is my stupid friends asking me why my shirt is tucked in.

thanks - you'll enjoy our upcoming pop-over shirt range. Took the feedback re length and we've cut them shorter to be worn in or out.

post #19964 of 48597
Store is not yet finished, but it'll be nice once complete. They were still unpacking, merchandising, etc.

FWIW, I think their stuff is really, really good. I worked at Herringbone for over four years, and MJ Bale's stuff reminds me of the stuff I owned and sold when I first started at Herringbone. There's a softness to the construction that makes it a pleasure to wear. Also, 40R off the rack requires zero alterations for me. Not a hint of collar gap, no need for collar to be lowered, nothing. I'm sure if I spent time nitpicking, I'd find fault, but for the price, I'm planning on getting a few things. Shame I already own many suits and have occasion to wear none. Many of mine are also BNWT - anyone interested in size 42R Herringbone Navy suiting?
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post


What's the store and inventory like B-man?

Yes interested in this too. I can't think of a better store for MJB than the old Italy 1. I really enjoy the location in that laneway and it seems to be of a manageable size.

 

Browman, try Gnome cafe in Surry Hills. 536 Crown Street. Some of the best coffee I had in Sydney. Good food too!

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